A few days ago, while I was still in France, I came back to Chartres Cathedral for the first time in over a decade. This time, I was looking for lettering. While I didn’t see much, there was a series of dazzling little pedestal inscriptions on the North Portal. Like captions in a book, these texts describe the sculptural scenes above them. I suspect that these letters were carved during the 1200s. Their style is similar to the all-caps lombardic alphabets that would develop in later centuries.
Behind the cathedral is a steep drop, east of which is a series of gardens. It seems that Chartres has a few crop circles, as well as medieval churches. This one is probably inspired by the labyrinth inside the cathedral. Great letter C, in any case.